Stull Back Under Center

All the news wasn't bad for the Pitt football team Sunday, as junior quarterback Bill Stull returned to practice after missing one day with a cut on his right thumb.

The frontrunner for the starting quarterback job at the University of Pittsburgh, Bill Stull needed five stitches to close the cut on his throwing hand, and he wore a protective glove Sunday. But it did not hamper him a bit during the individual and team drills. Stull did not appear to miss a snap.

This is important, since freshman Pat Bostick has not yet returned, although some believe he will arrive Monday. And redshirt freshman Kevan Smith is the only other scholarship quarterback in camp.

"It's pretty good, but it's still a little sore,'' Stull said. "Everything just happened a day ago, but ... it'll be OK. I played with a glove on, and that worked out all right. It was a little too sore to grip a ball (Saturday), but it's OK (Sunday). ... I was able to practice with the glove.''

Stull hit the hand on C.J. Davis' helmet as the junior offensive guard attempted to pull on a running play. Stull cut the thumb just below the tip, so stitches were needed. But he did not appear to be impaired by the glove or the injury.

"I can do anything and everything,'' Stull said. "As long as I can grip a ball, take snaps and throw, I can definitely do it with stitches in. I don't know when they'll get taken out, but as long as I'm out there I'll be able to go. ... A couple Ibuprofen, and I'll be fine.

"I've never really played a full game with a glove on my throwing hand. I've had one on my left hand last year, but handoffs with your right hand, I think gloves give you a better grip. So, throwing, I had to get used to it real quick, in warmups today. But it turned out all right.''

Stull did have one glaring error Sunday during the two-minute drill. As he has done several times during this camp, Stull dumped a pass blindly in the flat instead of throwing it into the bleachers. Instead of falling to the ground, like others had in the past, outside linebacker Adam Gunn picked it off to end the morning practice.

While a substitute was not needed for Stull, fifth-year senior Chris McKillop missed the team portion of the drills due to a hamstring problem. He was injured Friday and did not practice Saturday. Redshirt freshman Greg Romeus started in his spot. Sophomore Tamarcus Porter and redshirt junior Marcel Pestano started for the Panthers wideouts.

Frosh linebacker Brandon Lindsey (hamstring) and running back Greg Williams (ankle) were still out. Also, offensive tackle Jason Kacinko is not yet medically cleared to play, but he was going to be redshirted anyway.

There were several 2009 recruits in attendance from Central Dauphin High School in the Harrisburg area. They were defensive end Jack Lippert, linebacker-quarterback Justin Shirk and place-kicker Dan Fisher. Also, DB Chris Hayden-Martin visited for the afternoon practice.

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